Charity dinner shows “service above self”

On Tuesday 21 August I attended the Tuakau Rotary Charity Dinner. The dinner, held this year to raise money for Sea Scouts of Tuakau, Youth Drivers’ Licence programmes and Selwyn Centre for the elderly, was held at the Tuakau Cosmopolitan Club and had a great turnout of approximately 110 people.

Chris Betty, President of Tuakau Rotary, said “Tuakau Rotary was delighted with the response from the community who supported this biennial event. The level of sponsorship was outstanding and the generosity of the community to give us items for auction was overwhelming. We’re a small club and the work the small group of members completed needs to be recognised. It was a great team effort and I thank all the members for their support!”

“We fundraised about $17000,” said Chris. “This was ticket sales, auction items and sponsorship.” A range of people from across the community attended, including Mayor Allan Sanson and local Councillor Jacqui Church. Certificates were given out to sponsors before three raffles were drawn and then 53 items were auctioned off by Ted Ingram, a Ray White auctioneer.

Judy Skinner from the Selwyn Centre said, “We love the support from the Rotary. We are for the lonely people and those with sick partners and are a drop in centre for those
who want to see others. We’re open from 9.30 am to 12pm on Tuesdays and Wednesday at the St John’s Anglican Church. We’ll use the money raised for equipment for recreation and new equipment.”

Denise and Hillberry spoke on behalf of the Tuakau Sea Scouts, and said “We are very thankful for this event. Sea Scouts in this area has about 90 members. They are kids aged six to 18 that do various things in the community.”

Ted Jarvis from Silverfern Motorsport expressed his thankfulness to all that came and the sponsors. “Thanks to all who brought tickets, it wouldn’t be possible without you!” The Post ran an article recently about the course Ted held in Tuakau for youth that were referred to him, to help them get their First Aid certificate, licence and the opportunity to get a job and have a future. “Out of the 50 students 48 got their licence and we now want to get kids on to their restricted,” said Ted. “It’s a community organisation that’s all for the community.”

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